ON THIS DATE IN 1883: Tornadoes lead to what is now Mayo Clinic - KMSP-TV

ON THIS DATE IN 1883: Tornadoes lead to what is now Mayo Clinic

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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

On this date, August 21, in 1883 a series of tornadoes touched down in Southeastern Minnesota. The twisters caused widespread damage and killed 40 people and injured over 200.

1883 TORNADO DAMAGE ROCHESTER, MN www.mayoclinic.org

Ironically today, 130 years later, storms roll over the area of Minnesota on a hot and muggy August afternoon. It was the twister's aftermath back in 1883 that led to what is now known around the world as the Mayo clinic. Doctors William J. Mayo and Charles H. Mayo led the efforts to tend to the victims of the tornado outbreak. It was quickly realized that there were not enough doctors to help the injured, so Mother Alfred Moes and her Sisters of Saint Francis, assisted in giving medical attention to the numerous tornado victims.

It quickly became evident that a city the size of Rochester needed a hospital. The sisters and doctors got together to form a hospital which later became the world famous Mayo Clinic. This is just another way that the weather had an influence on history.

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